Best new icons of 2022

Helena Zhang
4 min readJan 1

Icon designers have been busy this year. Major platforms like Spotify and Twitter overhauled their icon systems for better readability, consistency, and brand resonance. Long-standing icon libraries like Streamline and Font Awesome continued to expand their offering. Independent icon designers surprised me with new unique styles.

Here are my top 5 favorite new releases from 2022.

Chunk 2 by Noah Jacobus

The chonkiest set out there. A playfully drawn angular set by icon sommelier Noah Jacobus. They are just so good. The bevels!

Some of my favorite glyphs from Chunk, from arrows to animals
Fresh additions to Chunk, from chess pieces to numerals (Source)

Category icons from Airbnb

Alana Hanada and Ashley Seo collaborated on this delightful set for Airbnb to power a more inspired browsing experience through categories like A-frames and Earth homes. Here’s an instance where icons really make the interface. It wouldn’t be the same — functionally and emotionally — without an icon anchoring each text label.

Discover places to stay with categories like Camping, Surfing, and Desert (Source)
Categories, from A-frames to Yurts (Source)

Plump Duo by Streamline

Vincent Le Moign and his team have been incredibly prolific this year with a major evolution of Streamline’s icon system. Here’s my favorite style, unapologetically plump.

A selection of Plump Duo icons (Source)
Plump icons in a map interface, marking points of interest like parks, banks, and restaurants (Source)

Material Symbols by Google Fonts

Google Fonts introduced Material Symbols in April, the variable font version of Material Icons. This means you can easily customize the fill, weight, grade, and optical size of the…

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